If you were in an accident or experienced a type of trauma, loss of vision can happen very suddenly. Other times, the loss of sight can happen gradually over a number of years. VNA, an organisation that has launched a revolutionary program focused on patients with low vision, has written a quick guide to help you identify vision loss symptoms, the causes of vision loss as well as treatments available to you.
Vision Loss Symptoms
Various visual impairments and eye diseases can cause a range of symptoms. These are some of the most common vision loss symptoms:
· Blurred vision;
· Double vision;
· Not being able to focus your eyes on an object;
· Not being able to see objects that are more than 10 feet away;
· Not being able to see objects that are close to you;
· Blind spots;
· and more.
Whether you are experiencing a sudden change in your vision or simply noticing a few small changes in your eyesight, it’s important that you get your eyes tested by an optometrist or a trained professional.
Vision Loss Causes
The causes of vision loss can range from a number of eye conditions (such as glaucoma and cataracts) to brain conditions that affect a person’s visual processing. Some people are born with reduced vision, but many people experience vision loss as a gradual process as they age. Age-related vision loss can’t always be corrected with surgery or glasses, which means that the elderly need to find ways to adapt in order to carry out everyday living activities with reduced eyesight.
Vision Loss Treatments
Vision loss treatments range from prescribed medication to customised eyeglasses and even surgery. If, however, you or a family member is in need of a vision loss treatment that will help you ease the challenges of living with reduced vision (such as cooking meals, managing medication or personal care), you should consider VNA’s HomeSight program. This program will make significant, positive impacts in your life by enhancing safety and increasing your independence.